Month: September 2009

Lunch totes so cool you’ll keep them for your very own

There are all sorts of good reasons to pack a lunch instead of grabbing one on the go. The downside, of course, is the packaging; paper bags are wasteful but most reusable lunch bags are, well, ugly. Or designed for third graders. Or both. Spring Los Angeles has the solution: their chic cotton canvas lunch totes are perfect for moms and kids. Each tote has inner pockets for organization, is fully insulated and the lining wipes clean easily. The wide, square bottom will accommodate a sturdy plastic container — so you can have more than just a sandwich for...

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Toddler bedding that’s looks absolutely nothing like toddler bedding. (That’s a good thing.)

I hesitate to admit that my daughter’s current toddler bedding collection includes a queen sheet wrapped twice around the mattress and a handmade quilt with shudder-worthy pink flowers. Needless to say, not my style. That’s why I was so drawn to Olli and Lime’s line of modern toddler bedding and their cool geometric sensibility. I particularly love the Egg comforter and pillowcase set (shown) and how its mod geometric design is perfect for boy or girl, since I have one of each — I figure I’ve got a greater chance of spending $100 on a comforter and pillowcase if...

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The cutest handmade baby booties – CMP does etsy

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve found for this week’s Etsy roundup. Baby shoes! Ok, you might not be as excited as I am, but when all your kids are big and sweaty and teens that smell like Axe, I’ll ask you again and then you’ll squee. This felt pair of shoes from La La! Shoes looks so comfortable and fun. Put little stars under their feet! Plus, the bright colors will catch your baby’s attention. These little brown and cream baby boots from Wooly Baby? They’re made from recycled lambswool sweaters and are no doubt able...

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The writing’s on the wall, literally

Telling your child to grab a marker and go scribble on the walls is right up there with asking them to run with scissors. Unless you’re talking about Idea Paint, which basically turns any surface into a dry erase board. It’s easy to apply; just prime a surface with the primer in the Idea Paint Kit and paint. The materials are free of lead, asbestos and formaldehyde, but I would keep the kids away from it until it’s fully dry. When it does, grab a bunch of colorful dry erase markers and your kids are ready for a life-size...

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Dapper is the word for fall

The television show Mad Men isn’t just influencing adult styles for Fall. We’ve seen some pretty awesome retro-inspired kid’s clothes and shoes this back to school season, like the adorable Elliott shoes from See Kai Run. Even though these super sharp kicks are definitely on the dressier side, they still pair well with jeans or khakis. And since my son has wider feet, it’s nice to find trendy kids’ shoes that actually fit him comfortably, other than the three pairs of sneakers that are in our current rotation. Like every other pair of See Kai Run shoes we own,...

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Great first birthday gifts? Reader Q&A

I am trying to find a gift for my one year old niece and I can’t figure anything out. I don’t want to do clothes and plastic toys. I’d like something commemorative – but what? -Grace If your niece’s grandparents are like my kids’ grandparents, chances are the clothes and plastic toys will be well covered! Instead, we’d say consider a personalized or customized gift if you’re looking for a true keepsake. If you’re looking for a commemorative sort of gift, we love the idea of personalized art like the personalized name prints from Ida Pearle (shown). Liz actually...

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We’re off to see the wizard. Yes, that one.

One of my favorite aspects of parenting has to be watching my favorite classic movies with my kids for the first time just like I did with my parents. Except we saw them on the big screen back then. And no, I’m not talking about a gihugic plasma. But for one night at select movie theaters across the country, you can actually catch The Wizard of Oz in HD to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Just the thought of hearing Over the Rainbow in surround sound gives me the chills, but after the main feature there will also be never...

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On the wings of angels

If you watch Project Runway (and if you don’t, you’re dead to me) then you know that shoulders are the new black. All the fall fashions seem to be drawing attention to shoulders in some way, and now baby clothes are in on the bandwagon too. Here, it’s the ruffled sleeved organic tees from Shirin Kids, courtesy NYC artist Shirin Roubeni. (Do not even click over if you’re on a tight budget. Seriously, you’ve been warned.) These shirts are remarkable in person – like couture tees, if there is such a thing. They’re beefy and soft with gorgeous hand...

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Tagging The Not-Its!

I remember when the bands coming out of Seattle’s indie music scene set the bar for what was cool, so it shouldn’t surprise me that the most rockin’ new kids’ band, The Not-Its!, call that region home. Their debut CD, We Are The Not-Its!, makes me want to pull over to the side of the playground, open the hatchback and turn the volume up as high as it’ll go, to share their music with the masses of kids. Yes, it’s that good. What hooked me is hearing kids’ music with real indie-band backing but minus the preachy “wash your...

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The no-think, no-clean, yes-delicious toddler snack.

I may be little late on the drinkable/pureed/food in a pouch thing, but I think I am like most moms in that I’m left scratching my head and staring at the pantry when trying to think of what to give my toddler as a healthy, delicious snack. And frankly, I’m usually looking for something that means that I don’t have to chop, spread, or clean a bowl afterward. Which is why I am happy to have found Plum Organics Mish Mash organic fruit puree snacks. They have no added sugar, colors, or flavors, and are super yummy. The strawberry...

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